With Dune Part Two and 3 Body Problem releasing this year, it’s a good time to be a sci-fi fan, and another space-set story we’ve got our eye on is Apple TV+’s new drama, Constellation, which arrives this week.

Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Lamb) and Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), it sees an astronaut come back to Earth after a period in space among the stars, but finds that her life isn’t quite how she remembered it- something is amiss. Here’s all we know so far:

What is Constellation about?

Rather than lasers and giant battles with aliens, Constellation promises to be a bit more of a psychological thriller, mixed with sci-fi. In shades of her starring role in Ridley Scott ’s epic Prometheus, Rapace plays Jo, an astronaut who experiences a disaster while in space that sends her life spinning out of orbit (quite literally).

Arriving back on our planet after taking an emergency exit that leaves her shaken, she’s able to reunite with her young daughter, Alice (Davina Coleman). The show’s official trailer, recently released by Apple, shows her being questioned by a therapist as to whether she experiences hallucinations- which she dourly replies that she does.


“Astronauts go through things they don’t understand”, narrates Henry, the character played by Banks, who’s best known for his role as shrewd but tired fixer-hitman Mike in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. “That’s when people come unstuck”, he continues to Jo, apparently prescribing her medication to help with her problems. Jo’s priority in life is her daughter, but after Alice says she doesn’t recognise a recording of a conversation the two had before the space accident, Jo begins to worry that something has gone seriously wrong. Is Alice the same person she knew before taking off, or has someone replaced her?

There are a lot of hints in the trailer that Jo, like others before her, has seen “something” in space that has affected her sanity, despite her protestations that “this isn’t madness!” As she searches for answers and a way back to normalcy, Jo looks to be in a race against time.

What else do we know and is there a release date?

The eight-part series, which is intriguingly billed as “conspiracy-based” by Apple, will also star James D’Arcy (Oppenheimer), William Catlett (A Thousand and One), Julian Looman (Emily in Paris) and Barbara Sukowa (Voyager).

Constellation releases its first three episodes this week from 21st February, and you can watch the trailer below.

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